Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1404)

Catherine Murphy


1404. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the names of external consultancies that delivered and continue to deliver advice and training on all aspects of GDPR in the context of preparedness and ongoing upskilling of staff regarding the regulation; the cost expended on the external advice and training of same to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35568/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department has a dedicated Data Protection Unit in place since November 2015, which has been, inter alia, promoting Data Protection (DP) and GDPR awareness since its inception. This Unit has been actively informing staff of their obligations under the various Data Protection legislations using a judicious mix of internal resources (such as, eLearning tools, seminars and targeted sectorial Data Protection talks) and external companies.

My Department’s Learning and Development Unit has procured courses in Data Protection since 2016. Two companies have provided general Data Protection training to staff, via a tender process, Irish Computer Society & All One Corporate Solutions. This training is on-going and has been in place since 2016.

The breakdown of the various Data Protection external companies utilised by the Department (including related DP conferences) and their associated costs are outlined as follows.





CMG Training & Events






All One Corporate Solutions




Law Society of Ireland



Irish Computer Society



SOAS University of London


Happening Conference & Events Ltd




Irish Academy of Computer Training


PDP Training/Conferences

* €35,920


Public Affairs Ireland






* 47 staff attending Data Protection Conference